LibriVox recording of THE WRECK OF THE GOLDEN MARY, by CHARLES DICKENS. Read by JAMES CARSON.
A short story of a ship wreck in 1851 trying to round Cape Horn on its way to the California gold fields. Poignant and well written. (Summary by JCarson)
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Dickens wrote the long intro up to where John Steadiman takes over the narrative, which is then picked up by Wilkie Collins. Other authors contributed the later stories. Dickens envisioned the ship wreck story as being an introductory frame narrative from which to hang other stories written by his team at Household Words magazine: in the frame story, survivors would tell tales to pass the time in the open boats. Overall I found the whole thing confusing and sentimental, and un-Dickens.